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The church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive edifices of Syros, centrally located close to the Miaoulis Square and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas who is the city’s patron saint. The masterful temple that dates back to 1870 was designed by the architect G. Metaxas, while King Otto was personally interested in the building’s resurgence and many sponsors, such as Queen Olga, contributed financially for its realization.
The Orthodox temple is a magnificent example of architecture. Marble (from Penteli as well as Italy) constitutes one of the main building materials, resulting in a grandiose profile. The church belongs to the type of cruciform basilica and has two imposing bell towers, while an elegant staircase of 4 meters height leads to its entrance. The interior is marvellous, due to the plethora of artifacts and unique ecclesiastical items. Rather outstanding elements are the Corinth-type marble columns, the archaic decorative motifs, the notorious marble temple and throne (both crafted by the sculptor G. Vitalis in 1899) as well as the icons, painted by famous hagiographers of the era.
In 2006 restoration works took place, showcasing even further the magnitude of this landmark of Syros island.
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